(Part 1 of a 2-Part Article)
Once you decide to buy a home in the country, you will be amazed at the number of tools you need to keep the place well-maintained. (We’re assuming, like us, you prefer to do a lot of the work yourself – otherwise your landscape crew already has a good handle on this information.) Besides the ubiquitous garden tractor seen on many properties, another invaluable tool is a chainsaw. Since moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have always owned a chainsaws – I’ve had several over the years for different properties and uses.
If you heat with wood, or just live in an area with lots of trees, you will quickly appreciate the variety of jobs you can accomplish with a good chainsaw. Besides cutting firewood, they also come in handy for salvaging fallen trees, pruning dead limbs, or eliminating intrusive brush.
Buying one can be a daunting task for a first-timer because there are many decisions and options to consider. But with a little research, you can find the right tool for the job. We strongly encourage you to go to your local power tool shop or vendor. You might get a slightly better price at a big-box store, but the experience, guidance, and maintenance you will receive from a small town shop are invaluable. Plus, you can learn a lot just by talking to the proprietor and asking questions. I always stop by Camas Power Equipment for service and to buy supplies.
Chainsaws come in two basic fuel-types: electric and gas.
Unless you are trimming small branches in the immediate vicinity of the house, you won’t have as much use for the plug-in variety. There are battery-operated models, but those will have limited power and can cost as much as a gas-powered. An electric saw might be a good backup option when you want to cut smaller items. The advantages of a gas-powered saw include portability, power, speed and efficiency of cutting. The disadvantages include weight, maintenance, and safety – issues you can deal with as you become more proficient.
More… (Continue to Part 2)
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